Cleveland Cavaliers set NBA Finals record for most points in a quarter

Erica Murray
June 12, 2017

And the Warriors made history but got burned past year, when they won a record 73 regular-season games and took a 3-1 lead over Cleveland in the finals only to lose after the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history. Golden State won 118-113.

Draymond Green's mom got into it with a group of fans in Cleveland during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, and her son says the Cavs faithful are "just rude".

The Cavs put on a fearless face Thursday, a day after giving the Warriors their absolute best shot in every way but still lost, 118-113, in Game 3. Durant scored 23 in the first half as Golden State took a 60-52 lead. The Warriors are a ideal 15-0.

"I think we swept Orlando in the conference finals, which was probably the biggest accomplishment, because that was a loaded team. and we took care of business", Kerr said."And then went up 3-0 in the final, had a little bit of a letdown".

As this best-of-seven series moves to Game Four, scheduled for Friday night (tomorrow, Singapore time) in Cleveland, the only question left seems to be whether the Warriors can become the first team in National Basketball Association history to finish the play-offs with a 16-0 record.

The Cavs were determined not to let the Warriors celebrate on their floor for the second time in three years, and it was Cleveland, not Golden State, which busted Finals scoring records in the first half.

"But that team, they knew what they were about".

"Just one of those games", Curry said. We're going to keep competing.

Coach Steve Kerr said his players aren't anxious about the past. Of the 12 previous teams to own 3-0 leads in The Finals, eight completed the sweep in Game 4. Through three games Durant has averaged 32 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists per game, he hit the game-winner in Game 3, and on the other end he's been the Warriors best defender on LeBron.

"We thought we were going to win", James said.

Speaking to reporters in Cleveland yesterday, James said he was happy for Durant, who's made life unhappy for the Cavs with 38, 33 and 31 points, including Wednesday's 3-point dagger.

Kevin Love failed to continue his hot start to the Finals in Game 3, finishing just 1-of-7 from three-point territory.

Draymond Green two days earlier was downplaying any talk about a ideal run through the playoffs, but now that it's just one win away his tone has changed.

"But I can definitely appreciate the simple fact of him either reshaping his game or just sacrificing maybe some shots here, sacrificing having the ball in his hands all the time".

"Close-out games are always the hardest", Green said. "I don't want to relax". There will be a three-minute stretch where the Warriors incredible defense shuts the Cavs down, everything Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson throw up from 28 feet falls, and it will push the Warriors to an 8-10 point lead.

"Our mindset is to go out there and get one", James said. "Just because 16-0 means we're champs".

But it's one they had to have, and a series that wasn't living up to its hype and seemed headed for a quick conclusion is California bound for Game 5 on Monday night.

'And so that's a battle I'm trying to go through more so than worrying about how I'm playing, how great I'm playing. "He's earned it. He has been in this league for a long time and he's, I think, at the top of his game at the biggest time".

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